Musings about the writing life.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

John Hartness's Self Publishing Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Self Publishing for Fun and Profit
Workshop by John Hartness
Carolina Learning Connection
2311 Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28203

left to right: V. R. Marple, Phil Blesher
Latonia N. Bills, John Hartness, Mary Ventre, and Jeanine Angelo

Today's conference was a lot of fun and very informative.  John Hartness has been self-publishing for four years and has a 30 book inventory in the urban fantasy/ horror genre.

Talking "shop" makes me happy.  I learned that Walmart is the biggest book dealer, selling more books than Amazon and that both Walmart and Amazon don't report to the New York Times bestseller's list.  I learned that next May, I should go to Concarolinas.  I learned that since ebooks have been on the market, more and more books "sell through" (make enough money in royalties to pay back the publisher's advance that they give to writers upfront).

"The person with the most power is the one who can walk away from the table." --John Hartness 

Another great quote from our workshop leader: "If the main character hates the monster, it's horror; if he loves the monster, it's romance."

For more detailed information on this topic, I highly recommend taking the class.  John Hartness says he'll be repeating his writing classes in September.

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